Sexa Listen means hour. Ssexa Listen mean “the hour” or “the time is” or “o’clock”.
Sextayn Listen means Two hours
Saxet Listen means hours
D`ii`a Listen means minute
D`ii`tayn Listen means two minutes
D`eyi` means minutes
Senyi Listen means second
Seniytayn Listen means two seconds
Saweni Listen means seconds
Telling the time in Lebanese is easy. You already know the numbers from Appendix A1. These are the numbers you use for telling time without any modification. There is one thing you always must keep in mind. Sexa as mentioned means “hour”. Therefore it is a feminine term. For this reason, you always used “wiḣdi” for “one” not “waaḣad”. You also use 1/3, 1/4, 1/2. 3/4 to tell time in Lebanese
Just as a reminder:
Robox: Listen This means 15 minutes or 1/4 of an hour.
Tilit : Listen This means 20 minutes or 1/3 of an hour.
Noṡṡ: Listen This means 30 minutes or 1/2 of an hour.
Tlet tirbex: Listen This means 45 minutes or 3/4 of an hour.
Let us take some examples:
Ssexa wiḣdi w xacra: Listen It’s 1:10 o’clock.
Ssexa tnaxc w tilit: Listen It’s 12:20
You can also tell time using the term “illa” meaning “minus”.
Tnayn illa xacra: Listen Ten till two.
Jimxa Listen means one week.
Jimixtayn Listen means two weeks.
Tlet jmex Listen means 3 weeks. (Check appendix A1 for the rest)
Tanayn Listen Monday
Taleta Listen Tuesday
Irbxa Listen Wednesday
Ḱamiis Listen Thursday
Jimxa Listen Friday
Sabit Listen Saturday
Aḣad Listen Sunday
A sample conversation:
Mark: Aymta baddik tiji? Ttaletta aw l Iribxa? Listen When are you going to come? Tuesday or Wednesday?
Sandra: La Taleta wala l Iribxa. Baddi iji l ḱamiis. Listen Not Tuesday and not Wednesday. I want to come on Thursday.
Kanun Tteni: Listen January
Cbaaṫ: Listen February
Adaar: Listen March
Niisen: Listen April
Ayyaar: Listen May
Ḣzayraan: Listen June
Tammuz: Listen July
Eb: Listen August
Aylul: Listen September
Ticriin l Awwal: Listen October
Ticriin Tteni: Listen November
Kanun l Awwal: Listen December
The seasons all have a masculine form.
Citi Listen Winter
Rabiix Listen Spring
Ṡayf Listen Summer
Ḱariif Listen Autumn
In addition, winter and summer have a feminine form as well:
Catwiyyi Listen Winter
Ṡayfiyyi Listen Summer
Sini Listen means Year.
Sintayn Listen means Two Years.
Tlet sniin Listen means Three Years.
Ssinni l maaḋyi Listen means The previous year. You can also say “sint l maaḋyi” Listen.
Ssini jjeyi Listen means The coming year. You can also say “sint jje”. Listen.